Mystic (5e Background)

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This background has been protected as an example for the 5e Background Design Guide. Please discuss any changes you would like to make on the discussion page.  --Kydo (talk) 13:09, 6 September 2016 (MDT)


By magic, psionics, communing with spirits or otherwise, there are special people who have a sixth sense. These people sense things invisible to most others. As a mystic do you see your power as a curse rather than a gift? Are you able to control your power or does it happen randomly? Is it given to you by a greater power or did these powers develop over time?

Skill Proficiencies: Insight, Perception

Tool Proficiencies: Mystic Tools

Languages: Celestial, Abyssal, and Infernal

Equipment: A protective symbol, a costume, a quill, a bottle of ink and 5 sheets of paper, a Mystic Tool, a page with an important person or event described on it and a belt pouch containing 10gp


d10 Specialization
1 Medium
2 Oracle
3 Palm Reader
4 Exorcist
5 Empath
6 Clairvoyant
7 Diviner
8 Astrologist
9 Numerologist
10 Prophet

Feature: Portent

With your mystical powers you have witnessed an impactful event. The nature of how you experienced this depends on your specialization. The event might be a person battling against another person, the destruction of an important artifact, a god bringing a plague or perhaps a meteorite crashing onto a city. You can describe this situation in visual/emotional detail but can't name an exact time or place. This information might clash with the current beliefs, norms or values of your setting. Causing conflict or shunned expressions from others when mentioned. Work with your DM about the details and the importance of this event and what impact it might have on the campaign.

Suggested Characteristics

d8 Personality Trait
1 I sometimes see dead people
2 I often have vivid dreams or nightmares
3 I talk soft and mellow
4 I blurt out feelings and cryptic warnings to random people I meet
5 I show strong feelings of empathy
6 I intoxicate myself to allow my powers
7 I read people's psyche and silently judge them
8 I look up at the sky, expecting a sign of portent
d6 Ideal
1 Prevention I want to prevent the bad things happening to innocent people. (Good)
2 Guidance Fate cannot be prevented, I can only guide people to theirs (Neutral)
3 Manipulation I will use my power to gain control over the ignorant people (Evil)
4 Responsibility It's my responsibility to show people the way to their destiny.(Lawful)
5 Intuition I follow where fate leads me and know no other path.(Chaotic)
6 Refusal I want this burden taken away from me (Any)
d6 Bond
1 I have a twin with whom I share this power
2 I know secrets that could have devastating consequences if not revealed to the right people
3 I have experienced the presence of a special person I want to meet
4 Since I've heard about The Source of Destiny I want to find it
5 Two forces are telling me to go to a direction opposite of each other
6 I am tasked with the resurrection of a dead entity
d6 Flaw
1 I have random black-outs
2 My powers don't happen at will
3 I tend to avoid people because my powers put stress on me
4 I get random bouts of paranoia
5 I have an addiction
6 I guess peoples feelings, character or birth date and am usually wrong

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